Big home improvement retailers accept each other’s coupons . No big deal, right? But did you know that they also accept smaller less known retailers coupons? Harbor Freight Tools is a small retailer that started their business as a mail order tool supplier. I believe most of their tools come from China. I have been doing business with them for some time now, usually for smaller hand tools. Particularly the ones that my kids insist on leaving in the yard or other places where I can never find them again.
The quality of Harbor Freight tools varies. There are some items that they sell which are of extremely high quality and others that I wouldn’t touch. The hand tools they carry such as screwdrivers, pliers and other small tools are of reasonably good, and sometimes exceptional, quality. The power tools are another story. They are ok if you only use them occasionally for a DIY project but are definitely not for anyone involved in the trades. It’s not a bad place to build up a stock of tools at very reasonable prices.
Here’s the kicker. Harbor Freight Tools routinely publishes coupons for 20% off their tools. Considering that they probably have a very low cost for the tools they sell, they can probably afford to do this fairly easily. I regularly get fliers from them with a 20% off coupon and the make printable coupons available online. The nice surprise is that Home Depot and Lowes Home improvement will accept their coupons! That’s correct, they will!
My son is a budding automotive technician and has developed quite a collection of tools, unfortunately he didn’t have a tool chest or cabinet so was in the market for one. Last month the HD advertised a 9 Drawer stainless steel tool chest for $219.99. This chest was normally priced at $249.00. If that seems like a lot to you, it isn’t, high quality commercial grade tool cabinets are fairly expensive. This looked like a good opportunity to see if they would accept the Harbor Freight Coupon.
Coupon in hand, we went to the HD, put the tool cabinet on a dolly and headed to the check out. I handed the coupon to the cashier and waited with baited breath. She had to call a manager over to approve but neither of them blinked an eye and took the 20% off. The total came out to 175.99 plus tax. My son saved $75.00 over the original price. That was a fantastic deal for my him, especially since he was in desperate need for a tool cabinet.
Whenever I budget a large DYI project, I usually will include some tools that may be specialized for the particular project I’m tackling. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I collect tools, Confessions of a Tool Junkie. If you’re planning a DIY project where you may need some tools to complete, here’s an opportunity to get the tools you need and save some money while doing it.
Here’s a link right to Harbor Freight where you can print a 20% off coupon valid through 3/31/13, Harbor Freight 20% Off
One possible drawback is that Home Depot and Lowes have got to be losing money on this. I suspect that if this were to become an “epidemic”, smart management at both companies will eventually make a decision to no longer take Harbor freight coupons or to limit competitor coupons to a specific limit. But until that time comes, you can enjoy a nice fat 20% discount on tools you may need for any upcoming projects. Enjoy!
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